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"Wonderfully researched...Searing and brilliant...A must-read!"-- Ann Rule, the undisputed queen of True Crime The first case -- the one that launched an epidemic of teacher/student abuse cases -- written by New York Times bestselling author, Gregg Olsen. You know how the story ended...but do you know how it all started? Within hours of giving birth to her sixth child, Mary "Wonderfully researched...Searing and brilliant...A must-read!"-- Ann Rule, the undisputed queen of True Crime The first case -- the one that launched an epidemic of teacher/student abuse cases -- written by New York Times bestselling author, Gregg Olsen. You know how the story ended...but do you know how it all started? Within hours of giving birth to her sixth child, Mary Kay Letourneau had her baby daughter whisked from her arms. She was then shackled and returned to her jail cell. Just years ago, the pretty, personable Seattle schoolteacher was living a life many would envy-- she had a handsome husband, four beautiful children, and a beloved following of students. Then she was accused of child rape, and her whole world turned upside down. Rapist Or Victim? How did a 34-year-old married teacher fall in love with one of her sixth-grade students? Was it a complete lapse of judgment, or-- as she contends-- the meeting of two soulmates? Were the two planning to run away together-- before police caught them in a parked car? Did the couple have illicit sex in every room of the Letourneau house, as the teenager told the tabloids? Read about the case that shocked the world and rocked the headlines-- about the lonely life of Mary Kay Letourneau and the young object of her obsession, the boy who fathered two of her children. You may think you know the story of Mary Kay Letourneau-- but you don't know the whole story until you've read...If Loving You Is Wrong. Includes interviews with Mary Kay Letourneau. Amazon.com Review: The tale seems ripe for tabloid exploitation: the fresh-faced blond elementary schoolteacher and mother of four just couldn't keep her hands off that 13-year-old boy. Worse yet, Mary Kay Letourneau had become obsessed with the slight, Samoan teenager while he was still a student in her sixth-grade class--and he fathered two babies with her. Yet in the hands of true crime writer Gregg Olsen, If Loving You Is Wrong becomes a poignant profile of an emotionally stunted young woman tightly wound up in a web of lies too fragile to sustain the weight of her own compulsions. The facade the Letourneaus presented to the world was that of a devoted, upwardly mobile young couple. In reality Steve and Mary Kay were on the verge of financial and emotional bankruptcy. They married because she'd become pregnant and appearances were everything to Mary Kay's parents, ultra-conservative, family-values-promoting politician John Schmitz and his icy wife, Mary. Olsen, whose previous books include Abandoned Prayers and Black Widow, does a superior job with the story, interviewing Letourneau herself as well as friends and neighbors, researching and assembling the facts behind the lurid headlines in a nonjudgmental manner that allows readers to draw their own conclusions about the bigger issues at stake. Was Mary Kay Letourneau a pedophile, a child rapist, a female Humbert Humbert? Or was she, as she claims, a woman who'd found a soul mate and a true love that defied America's puritanical norms? Read If Loving You Is Wrong and decide for yourself. -- Patrizia DiLucchio Review About the Author Gregg Olsen is the acclaimed author of true crime books and novels, including: Abandoned Prayers, Black Widow, Bitter Almonds, Mockingbird (AKA Cruel Deception), A Twisted Faith and Starvation Heights. His novels include, Heart of Ice, A Wicked Snow, Closer Than Blood, A Cold Dark Place, Victim Six and the upcoming Fear Collector. He is also the author of the Empty Coffin series for young adults. The first two titles of the series: Envy and Betrayal. The Tucson Citizen called Olsen "One of America's favorite crime writers."


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"Wonderfully researched...Searing and brilliant...A must-read!"-- Ann Rule, the undisputed queen of True Crime The first case -- the one that launched an epidemic of teacher/student abuse cases -- written by New York Times bestselling author, Gregg Olsen. You know how the story ended...but do you know how it all started? Within hours of giving birth to her sixth child, Mary "Wonderfully researched...Searing and brilliant...A must-read!"-- Ann Rule, the undisputed queen of True Crime The first case -- the one that launched an epidemic of teacher/student abuse cases -- written by New York Times bestselling author, Gregg Olsen. You know how the story ended...but do you know how it all started? Within hours of giving birth to her sixth child, Mary Kay Letourneau had her baby daughter whisked from her arms. She was then shackled and returned to her jail cell. Just years ago, the pretty, personable Seattle schoolteacher was living a life many would envy-- she had a handsome husband, four beautiful children, and a beloved following of students. Then she was accused of child rape, and her whole world turned upside down. Rapist Or Victim? How did a 34-year-old married teacher fall in love with one of her sixth-grade students? Was it a complete lapse of judgment, or-- as she contends-- the meeting of two soulmates? Were the two planning to run away together-- before police caught them in a parked car? Did the couple have illicit sex in every room of the Letourneau house, as the teenager told the tabloids? Read about the case that shocked the world and rocked the headlines-- about the lonely life of Mary Kay Letourneau and the young object of her obsession, the boy who fathered two of her children. You may think you know the story of Mary Kay Letourneau-- but you don't know the whole story until you've read...If Loving You Is Wrong. Includes interviews with Mary Kay Letourneau. Amazon.com Review: The tale seems ripe for tabloid exploitation: the fresh-faced blond elementary schoolteacher and mother of four just couldn't keep her hands off that 13-year-old boy. Worse yet, Mary Kay Letourneau had become obsessed with the slight, Samoan teenager while he was still a student in her sixth-grade class--and he fathered two babies with her. Yet in the hands of true crime writer Gregg Olsen, If Loving You Is Wrong becomes a poignant profile of an emotionally stunted young woman tightly wound up in a web of lies too fragile to sustain the weight of her own compulsions. The facade the Letourneaus presented to the world was that of a devoted, upwardly mobile young couple. In reality Steve and Mary Kay were on the verge of financial and emotional bankruptcy. They married because she'd become pregnant and appearances were everything to Mary Kay's parents, ultra-conservative, family-values-promoting politician John Schmitz and his icy wife, Mary. Olsen, whose previous books include Abandoned Prayers and Black Widow, does a superior job with the story, interviewing Letourneau herself as well as friends and neighbors, researching and assembling the facts behind the lurid headlines in a nonjudgmental manner that allows readers to draw their own conclusions about the bigger issues at stake. Was Mary Kay Letourneau a pedophile, a child rapist, a female Humbert Humbert? Or was she, as she claims, a woman who'd found a soul mate and a true love that defied America's puritanical norms? Read If Loving You Is Wrong and decide for yourself. -- Patrizia DiLucchio Review About the Author Gregg Olsen is the acclaimed author of true crime books and novels, including: Abandoned Prayers, Black Widow, Bitter Almonds, Mockingbird (AKA Cruel Deception), A Twisted Faith and Starvation Heights. His novels include, Heart of Ice, A Wicked Snow, Closer Than Blood, A Cold Dark Place, Victim Six and the upcoming Fear Collector. He is also the author of the Empty Coffin series for young adults. The first two titles of the series: Envy and Betrayal. The Tucson Citizen called Olsen "One of America's favorite crime writers."

30 review for If Loving You is Wrong (Crime Rant Classics)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mary Carrasco

    While this is a fascinating story, the writing was hard to follow. This book could have been far more organized and I found it to be extremely repetitive. 2.5 stars rounded up.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Shaun

    This is a fascinating story if only because it forces you to question some of our social norms. For example, is this the story of true love or of selfish perversion? Does the fact that the couple eventually married, raising their two daughters together, make a difference to how you answer that question? Olsen does a good job of giving us the details, though at times the narrative gets repetitive and wordy. That said, I'm not sure there's another book out there on the topic that competently examin This is a fascinating story if only because it forces you to question some of our social norms. For example, is this the story of true love or of selfish perversion? Does the fact that the couple eventually married, raising their two daughters together, make a difference to how you answer that question? Olsen does a good job of giving us the details, though at times the narrative gets repetitive and wordy. That said, I'm not sure there's another book out there on the topic that competently examines this bizarre story.

  3. 5 out of 5

    S. Wideman

    Sad to say, I'm always disappointed in Gregg Olsen's writing with True Crime. This is not the first book of his I've read, just the first I've refused to finish. I made it about 80% through before I put it down and deleted it. Not only was it full of editorial errors, but his jumps POV between one paragraph and the next. It's rather jarring to be reading the story from Character X's POV and the next paragraph is in Character Z's. As I said, I stopped reading it. Why? Because I felt like he was w Sad to say, I'm always disappointed in Gregg Olsen's writing with True Crime. This is not the first book of his I've read, just the first I've refused to finish. I made it about 80% through before I put it down and deleted it. Not only was it full of editorial errors, but his jumps POV between one paragraph and the next. It's rather jarring to be reading the story from Character X's POV and the next paragraph is in Character Z's. As I said, I stopped reading it. Why? Because I felt like he was way too soft on the crimanal. Mary Kay Letourneau is a sick woman. Very sick in the head. She slept with and carried on a relationship with a boy about the same age of her son (it was hard to tell how old the kid was as his age changed several times, sometimes in the same chapter). I just felt that the author also fell into the trap of, "It's romantic" with how many times he skipped over anyone who said differently. In all other True Crime books I've read, the authors have made it a point to let the audience know through their writing that they do not agree with the person they are writing about, but I never got that feeling with this book. It was full of "Poor Mary Kay" and people sighing over how romantic the relationship was. Frankly, I got sick.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jennie Colvin

    Very sad story about a woman who was looking for someone to love her!!! The victims here are the children of Mary Kay!!!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lynda Kelly

    As with the last one of his I read it's chock full of errors.........such a disappointment. I had a few more by this author in my wishlist but no more. It makes the reading painful yet the story itself was fascinating. I wonder if this one had an alternative editor, though, as they're different types of mistakes. At the start it stated the protagonist was 32 years old in 1996 but she was born in 1962. Do the maths. A couple of lines I read made no sense whatsoever however many times I re-read the As with the last one of his I read it's chock full of errors.........such a disappointment. I had a few more by this author in my wishlist but no more. It makes the reading painful yet the story itself was fascinating. I wonder if this one had an alternative editor, though, as they're different types of mistakes. At the start it stated the protagonist was 32 years old in 1996 but she was born in 1962. Do the maths. A couple of lines I read made no sense whatsoever however many times I re-read them and spoke them aloud. One daughter's name changed from Terry to Terri as we progressed, extraordinaire was spelt wrong twice, he replaced the, woman became womaa, the word stmck was used and I had no idea what it was supposed to replace, Letourneau was spelt wrong a couple of times, tme was in place of true, apostrophe errors abounded too. This Kindle version was released in 2012 yet the last update on this story was 2004 which was a pity. It tells us about a teacher who had 2 children with her young student lover who was 11 or 12 or 13 depending which part of the story you believe.She had already been prosecuted once when she was pregnant the first time and was never supposed to have contact with the boy but she did and fell pregnant again !! From what I read here she really didn't seem to be "all there" if you ask me. Heading over to Google now to find our what happened next.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

    I really enjoyed reading Gregg Olsen's YA fiction novels and so when this showed up as a Kindle deal and I found out the subject matter I thought I would try it. I have read true crime novels in the past to mixed results. However I remember vividly watching the Mary Kay Letourneau drama play out in the media as it happened. I was fascinated by the story then but still found the subject matter disgusting. A 13 year old child, really? Now I am the mother of a 13 year old son and I will tell you th I really enjoyed reading Gregg Olsen's YA fiction novels and so when this showed up as a Kindle deal and I found out the subject matter I thought I would try it. I have read true crime novels in the past to mixed results. However I remember vividly watching the Mary Kay Letourneau drama play out in the media as it happened. I was fascinated by the story then but still found the subject matter disgusting. A 13 year old child, really? Now I am the mother of a 13 year old son and I will tell you that I would hurt a woman who preyed on my child like this. I certainly wouldn't encourage it as I feel that Vili's mother did, at least according to this book. She certainly ate up every single opportunity to make money off of this scandal. I wanted some insight into knowing what the heck was wrong with a woman who could 'fall in love' with a little boy...a boy that she taught when he was a little second grade student. I didn't find that. In fact I found far too much empathy for this woman. Maybe she is/was mentally ill but that is no excuse. Her seven years of jail time was too light in my opinion. What does fascinate me though is that as of this review, Mary Kay and Vili are still married. I would never have imagined such a thing. Maybe there is love there but it doesn't justify in any way the fact that this woman preyed on a child. The first part of the story was compelling but then instead of trying to expose what was wrong with Mary Kay and how this crime could have happened it fell into a drawn out story about all the people who used her infamy as a way to gain their own five minutes of fame or to make money off of her. The last half of the story was dull and I am surprised I was able to finish it. Still a fan of the author but I really think he found his 'groove' in writing fiction instead.

  7. 4 out of 5

    ♥ Marlene♥

    Picked this book last night and began to read not knowing what that was about. As always I did not read the prologue because I do not want to know beforehand everything and in lot of prologues authors tell you all. (in most cases who was killed and who did it, so ridiculous) Anyway it did not matter because the author is continually telling you what is going to happen, to whom and giving his opinion. That plus terrible writing I have decided I am not going to read this any more. Sad because his fir Picked this book last night and began to read not knowing what that was about. As always I did not read the prologue because I do not want to know beforehand everything and in lot of prologues authors tell you all. (in most cases who was killed and who did it, so ridiculous) Anyway it did not matter because the author is continually telling you what is going to happen, to whom and giving his opinion. That plus terrible writing I have decided I am not going to read this any more. Sad because his first true crime books were great. Checking my shelves I see I have 7 books written by him. Some were great. Books like: Cruel Deception (my first by him and my favourite) Abandoned Prayers, Starvation Heights,Confessions of a Black Widow and Bitter Almonds were all at least 4 star books so I hope this is just one fluke.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Verna

    I was surprised after reading this book to discover I had changed my mind somewhat about this whole incident. I was probably like most people offended and outraged at a teacher sexually abusing a student. However, I came to understand this was no ordinary case of molestation. I truly came to believe it was a love match between adult and child. Who was the child and who was the adult is the big question? I just feel the teacher in question was suffering from a mental illness and arrested emotiona I was surprised after reading this book to discover I had changed my mind somewhat about this whole incident. I was probably like most people offended and outraged at a teacher sexually abusing a student. However, I came to understand this was no ordinary case of molestation. I truly came to believe it was a love match between adult and child. Who was the child and who was the adult is the big question? I just feel the teacher in question was suffering from a mental illness and arrested emotional development. This does not excuse the teacher's bad behavior; she should have waited until the boy was older to consummate the relationship.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    This book is a fascinating study of a woman who has untreated bipolar disorder, narcissistic personality disorder, OCD, and sociopathy. As far as I know, she's still untreated. How many other people like that are there in the world?

  10. 4 out of 5

    Geeta Ramani

    Amorous teacher- juvenile student relationships ought not to go unpunished. And I wish conviction rates were higher for such teachers, both male and female. Greg Olsen tells the story of one such conviction. An aspect that comes about strongly in this case: both teacher and student could have benefitted with counselling at the right time. Reading this book, I couldn't help thinking - even tabloid magazines are better written.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rita

    The book started out good and told a lot of background on Mary Kay that I had not read before. But after she was sent to jail, I felt it got really bogged down with a lot of people blaming each other for what was going on, a lot of childish games and money grabbing. It lost the personal touch that you read during the first 2/3rds of it. Starts good, finishes poor.

  12. 4 out of 5

    John Cornelius

    Before reading this book, I knew the name of the teacher; I knew the crime she committed; and saw one interview with Barbara Walters from 2004 I believe; it was after she was released from prison. Having read the book from front to back, shocking would seem like an incredible understatement of the story. It was a crime to have sex with a minor (regardless if it was consensual), and she paid the price for that crime with having registered as a sex offender, seeking treatment, six months jail time Before reading this book, I knew the name of the teacher; I knew the crime she committed; and saw one interview with Barbara Walters from 2004 I believe; it was after she was released from prison. Having read the book from front to back, shocking would seem like an incredible understatement of the story. It was a crime to have sex with a minor (regardless if it was consensual), and she paid the price for that crime with having registered as a sex offender, seeking treatment, six months jail time from first contact, reinstated to prison for seven years after violating a court order not to see the boy until legal age. The details in the book are both extraordinary and appalling. The loss of a younger brother to drowning in the pool was tragic, her father's affair with another woman with two children born from the affair and given no care by the family after the mother's death was unthinkable. For this woman to lose her marriage, her kids, her job, and teaching license for her ecstatic love for a thirteen year old boy was questionable. Granted the husband's affair and using her story for money gained from tabloids was not any great help. This woman appeared more selfish for throwing away her life for this love for the boy. I hated the allusion to Romeo and Juliet or as star crossed lovers. Some may argue the age gap is meaningless, but he was the same age as her oldest child. How could she not see that?

  13. 4 out of 5

    Suzie Quint

    3.5 stars This isn't my normal reading material, but I lived in Seattle when this story broke, so it was a local story for me. So when I had the opportunity to snag this for free, I had to take it. Most of the details from the arrest on, I already knew, but this delves deeply into MK's background and that was informative. It didn't change my opinion of what happened, but did convince me that MK is a selfish, immature woman who had little consideration for others when it got in the way of what she 3.5 stars This isn't my normal reading material, but I lived in Seattle when this story broke, so it was a local story for me. So when I had the opportunity to snag this for free, I had to take it. Most of the details from the arrest on, I already knew, but this delves deeply into MK's background and that was informative. It didn't change my opinion of what happened, but did convince me that MK is a selfish, immature woman who had little consideration for others when it got in the way of what she wanted. Because MK's ex-husband has done an admirable job of protecting the children she had with him, there's little about how they weathered this scandal but that's where my sympathies really lie.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Oh my god, here is the ultra-cheesy, cover-with-a-paper-bag- when-you-take-it-on-the-subway true crime: the one about Mary Kay LeTorneau and the kid. Considering the subject matter, this one could have been a lot more exploitative than it was, so I give a tip of the hat to Gregg Olsen and his writing talents for not making it so. Nevertheless, it's about what you'd expect, so for those who were as obsessed with this case as I was (i.e., no one, but you know what I mean), pick this one up.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Bob Lake

    Very detailed account of the public information available about Mary Kay Letourneau, the infamous 6th grade teacher who bore two children with one of her students. I read the Kindle version which apparently came via a scan and had typos spready liberally throughout. The writing was disappointing. It was very difficult to keep track of the large cast of characters. The chapters are short and not all in chronological order. Not recommended

  16. 5 out of 5

    Izabela

    The story was great, but the writing was mediocre and full of errors. Despite the writing, the events were well described, so getting through the book was much less painful than it otherwise would have been had the story not been so interesting.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Love

    I can not believe these women or men in same situations can even think of sleeping with a student...Sick

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Interesting story but the writing reminded me too much of a newspaper article. I also found a lot of the sentences to be repetitive.

  19. 4 out of 5

    SouthWestZippy

    Very good book, held my attention. Well written for a easy read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Karla Goforth Abreu

    I give this three stars due to the sheer amount of information the author unearthed and shared. I found the writing, at times, difficult to follow. The timeline often seemed to backtrack and some information was rehashed by various players in the true story. The story, a tragic affair any way it is looked at, took in a renewed interest at the time I read it: Mary and Villi had filed divorce the week I began reading, 2017, almost 20 years after the book was written. The bizarre information, after I give this three stars due to the sheer amount of information the author unearthed and shared. I found the writing, at times, difficult to follow. The timeline often seemed to backtrack and some information was rehashed by various players in the true story. The story, a tragic affair any way it is looked at, took in a renewed interest at the time I read it: Mary and Villi had filed divorce the week I began reading, 2017, almost 20 years after the book was written. The bizarre information, after the news broke, is that Villi filed divorce only to get a license to sell marijuana and married to an ex-con sex offender he could not do that for his "next business adventure." So much for the grand artist and deep thinker referred to in this book. As an aside: having had some interaction with Samoan culture, the idea of sex early and fathering children whenever and however is not frowned upon, for the most part. I once gave bereavement counsel to a Samoan family that had lost their father. He had fathered 64 children! Further, the children do often look older and culturally the sex and offspring are accepted. It is unfortunate that people are obsessed with tabloids and the story gained thousands of dollars for those who gave interviews that probably never helped any of the children caught in the scandal.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Caleb Hoyer

    I thought this book was pretty well-written. It was an engaging read, well paced, and felt fairly objective about its depiction of the woman at the center of it. It didn't seem to condemn her, nor did it defend her. It seemed to let her behavior speak for itself. But I couldn't help but feel there were some gaps in the story. The biggest motivation I had in reading it was wondering how on earth a teacher crosses that most unforgivable line. What could make a woman in her 30s feel attraction for I thought this book was pretty well-written. It was an engaging read, well paced, and felt fairly objective about its depiction of the woman at the center of it. It didn't seem to condemn her, nor did it defend her. It seemed to let her behavior speak for itself. But I couldn't help but feel there were some gaps in the story. The biggest motivation I had in reading it was wondering how on earth a teacher crosses that most unforgivable line. What could make a woman in her 30s feel attraction for a 12-year-old, and then what would possess her to actually act on those feelings? The book doesn't even try to answer that question, really. It explains why Mary thinks she loves him, what she finds impressive about him, but it doesn't delve into the private moment when things shifted, and how that played out. Maybe it's unknowable, and to the author's credit that he doesn't even try to spell it out. It's largely portrayed from the outsiders perspective: teacher and student seem close, perhaps inappropriately so, and then it's revealed that yeah, they've been sleeping together for a while. The sequence of some events feels a little unclear, and it does feel like friends on the periphery of the story are the major sources for the book, rather than the major players involved. It was still a compelling book, if not as much of an inside look as I'd been hoping for.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I really enjoy the true crime genre, but I did not enjoy this book. Repetitive and very very slow it tells the story of a teacher and her rape of a twelve year old student. I hated the way it was written, the apparent empathy by many people and the self centred approach of just about everyone involved. She was thirty something, he was twelve.... how is that ever right even when dressed up as ‘true love’. Just imagine the outcry if a male teacher of thirty something acted in this manner.... why is s I really enjoy the true crime genre, but I did not enjoy this book. Repetitive and very very slow it tells the story of a teacher and her rape of a twelve year old student. I hated the way it was written, the apparent empathy by many people and the self centred approach of just about everyone involved. She was thirty something, he was twelve.... how is that ever right even when dressed up as ‘true love’. Just imagine the outcry if a male teacher of thirty something acted in this manner.... why is she any different? Shame on her, her friends and those who supported her. Rape, is rape - he may well have been sexually aware at twelve but she was his teacher and a so called trusted member of society.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kellie Bolton

    Brilliant tale of true scandal I first learned of Mary Kay Letourneau not too long ago, I was only 15/16 when this scandalous story broke in the states, a 30 something married teacher having an affair with her 13 year old student and the fact they both said that they were in love AND he fathered 2 babies with her! 20 odd years later this couple are still together and they’ve been to hell on earth to make sure to be with each other, especially MKL, their love is strong no matter how it first star Brilliant tale of true scandal I first learned of Mary Kay Letourneau not too long ago, I was only 15/16 when this scandalous story broke in the states, a 30 something married teacher having an affair with her 13 year old student and the fact they both said that they were in love AND he fathered 2 babies with her! 20 odd years later this couple are still together and they’ve been to hell on earth to make sure to be with each other, especially MKL, their love is strong no matter how it first started out, a brilliant truthful book by a writer who writes it in such a way that it’s never boring and this is even with me being armed with most facts before I read the book! Highly recommended.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Charles Reimler

    A TREE HAS Many Unseen ROOTS Deception Appearance From Mary Kay Had Roots From Her Childhood Immediate Parents Double Appearance Public To Private Mask! Think Mary Kay Roots Of A LOVELESS Marriage; Roots Expense CLOTHS Exterior; CHURCH PRANCERS; Are Due VALUES Pathological Parents Into Her Adulthood Behavior! People Accept The Abnormalities As Normal Due Sick Childhood Family Life! Born Innocent Mary Kay Mental Issues Has History ROOTS! Common Sense The Age Difference Is CRAZY! Model Immoral Choi A TREE HAS Many Unseen ROOTS Deception Appearance From Mary Kay Had Roots From Her Childhood Immediate Parents Double Appearance Public To Private Mask! Think Mary Kay Roots Of A LOVELESS Marriage; Roots Expense CLOTHS Exterior; CHURCH PRANCERS; Are Due VALUES Pathological Parents Into Her Adulthood Behavior! People Accept The Abnormalities As Normal Due Sick Childhood Family Life! Born Innocent Mary Kay Mental Issues Has History ROOTS! Common Sense The Age Difference Is CRAZY! Model Immoral Choices, Lack Of “Moral Compass” Does Apply For Evil “Child Predators”! Book Is Insightful; Worthwhile; & Readable!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Xanthi

    I listened to this on audiobook format. Honestly, the fact that some people couldn’t get it through their skulls that what happened here was morally wrong, child rape, hebephilia , and that a child doesn’t have the full cognitive capabilities and maturity to give consent to sexual activity, just blows my mind. And then there’s the double standard. The fact that down the track they got married didn’t make any of this okay. I watched an interview with them and while she was trying to present happy I listened to this on audiobook format. Honestly, the fact that some people couldn’t get it through their skulls that what happened here was morally wrong, child rape, hebephilia , and that a child doesn’t have the full cognitive capabilities and maturity to give consent to sexual activity, just blows my mind. And then there’s the double standard. The fact that down the track they got married didn’t make any of this okay. I watched an interview with them and while she was trying to present happy marriage and family, he just looked dead inside. The writing in this book was okay but not great.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Angolano

    Would not recommend I chose this rating because I really try to finish books I read. I only got to 70% of this book and then I was sure I was wasting my time . This book was a lot of interviewing people who knew Mary Kay. It really got so overwhelming. When I stopped reading I was more confused about her personality. This book is so slow ready and does not keep your interest.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kynthia

    Gregg Olsen is one of my new authors to read list. So far he doesn't disappoint. His detailed account allows readers to come to their own conclusions about the subjects of teacher/student and/or adult/child 'relationships.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Wow Wow, she is really ill. Delusional, not in touch with reality. I can't understand a woman in her 30s looking at a 12 year old student (the same age as her son!) as a romantic anything. Period!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Megan Wills

    I loved this book! I'm the same age as Vili Fualaau and I live in Western WA, so I remember following this on the news with my parents. Gregg Olsen did a fantastic job of showing us Mary Letourneau's life leading up to what happened. He showed all sides of the issue. Very well written!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dionne

    I knew quite a bit about the Mary Kay Letourneau case before reading this book, yet I still learned a lot from Olsen's in-depth look at Mary Kay herself and all those involved.

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